I am always looking for ways to save and still have nice looking items in our home. But spending $596 on plain wood chairs at Crate and Barrel when I have a whole house to decorate was out of the question. I liked the look so I decided to create a similar project on a budget.
|Willa Yellow Side Chair $149 each|
The next step was to make them look more expensive (and also more comfortable). I saw some cute cushion covers also from Crate and Barrel but I am not a fan of the tie ons. Instead, I decided to add custom permanent cushions to my chairs. I went to Joanns for some inspiration and found some beautiful fabric I decided to use on the cushions. I also purchased some foam and fabric glue. In total, I spent $59.98 on 2.5 yards of fabric, $20.16 (with 40% off coupon) on 2 yards 1 inch heavy duty foam, and $3.99 on fabric glue.
Village Stripe Chair Cushion $24.95
Waverly Home Decor Fabric $23.99 per yard
First I traced the chair bases on the foam and then cut out the shapes (do this before assembling the chairs). Then I glued the foam to the top of the chair base. I cut the fabric in squares matching the dimensions of the chair bases and staplegunned it tightly underneath over the foam. Since I was unable to now screw in the chairs because the fabric was in the way, I used Gorilla wood glue to attach them to the legs. They ended up staying in place very well. The end result:
All in all I spent $282.13 - a savings of $413 over the $695 I would have spent at Crate & Barrel.